The Adventure of Build 2012
This has been and exciting year for technology especially around Windows8. Shortly after Build 2011, last year, I began my work with Windows8 and completed my first book ever Getting Started with Windows 8 Apps. A large part of this year has been spent really understanding all the pieces of Windows 8 and the new Windows Runtime. That passion has extended further into really trying to get the message out and push others to embrace the true breadth of what this means for computing and our profession as software developers. At VSLive in August, where I was fortunately to be on the roster with some extremely distinguished speakers, I learned the extent to which Microsoft was really pushing this year with releases for virtually every product on the market. From all versions of Windows, Windows Server…
This week I’m at the Apple Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC 2012) in San Francisco and I want to share with you some of the new improvements made by Apple that will be available in the coming weeks. Instead of trying to break down each and every one of the fantastic new features, I’m going to instead try to highlight the ones that I really think will be beneficial from a “business developer” standpoint.
The first thing that really caught my eye was the new app Passbook. Quite simply, what Apple has done with Passbook is to give iOS apps that use “in app ticketing” a place to store and publicizetheir information.
For example, when I was at the airport, waiting in the security line, I witnessed one woman take her iPhone and scan it into a machine. Upon closer inspection, I realized…
The first keynote of Build was all about the launch of new Windows 8 for developers. As they said, Windows 8 is a reimaging of the way we interact with devices and use computers. With all this reimaging comes some major changes to the development paradigms that we are currently use to and it seems as though this conference is focusing on getting the developers up to speed with all the changes that affect how software will be created for the next version of Windows.
The keynote centered around 2 main topics. First is the changes in computing, including hardware, mobility, and the way in which we interact with multiple devices of all sizes. Second, is the new Metro UI , which is the way in which immersive Windows 8 applications are built and developed to provide rich experiences on the…
I know this post is overdue, but I’m happy to say that in the time since MIX has elapsed, my wife and I have sold our condo and moved to a new home. I’ve also transition to a new contract, and I am excited to get my feet wet my new project. Despite the delay, it was a wonderful experience. This was my first year at MIX. The content, announcements, and the networking were all memorable. I only wish I could’ve attended all the sessions. Luckily the content is available online, so I did my best to mark key talks that I wanted to catch back home.
This year was filled with a number of announcements at the two keynotes I did my best to update my twitter feed with some of the cool ones.
The first keynote was focused around recent…
I would like to thank everyone for attending my presentation this Saturday at the NYC (Winter) Code Camp! I really enjoyed the high level of interest and participation from the attendees. Unfortunately, we only had 75 minutes to talk about Entity Framework and EF Code First but thankfully we have the internet!
Thanks to all of the organizers at the NYC Code Camp for an excellent day of learning and networking! This year, it “sold out” in 27 hours! The speakers were excellent and the event was run very smoothly.
I have posted the slide deck (including the demo code) for your viewing pleasure.
EF Code First.pptx
As some of you know, I presented on Entity Framework 4 and WCF Data Services 4 at Hartford Code Camp back on June 19th. I have posted the material from the code camp here.
Downloade the Presentation and Code
The Connecticut User Group organized a full day code camp event in Bloomfield, CT. The topic I presented on was “RESTFul Services and Silverlight”. The presentation was organized around the following main topics:
Web Services via SOAP
Creating a WCF RESTFul Service
Consuming a Custom WCF RESTFul Service in Silverlight
The attached slide deck will provide you with highlights on each topic. The code samples revolve around the AdventureWorks Database. I have partitioned the code into Data Access, Service Layer and a UI Layer.
Database: AdventureWorksDB from code plex. You can download it from here: http://www.codeplex.com/MSFTDBProdSamples
Data Access: Used Nettiers and Codesmith to Generate the CRUD methods to access Adventure Works.
Service Layer: WCF, ASMX and WCF REST service examples. I have also included a sample service from John Papa’s Data Services with Silverlight book. I would recommend this book for who ever is…
It’s that time of the year again where we get to help clients understand what BizTalk Server can do for them. As part of the Tallan Fall Seminars series we will be giving seminars on SOA and BizTalk Server 2006 at Microsoft’s Manhattan offices on Oct. 17 and a TBD venue in Hartford on Oct. 19. The seminars will cover the basics of BizTalk Server for developers with an architecture overview and live demos. These seminars will be really useful for individuals who are new to BizTalk Server or who need to upgrade to the 2006 version. Hope to see you there!